How Today’s Media Leaves You Anxious and Fearful

Have you ever noticed how sad, upset or angry you feel after catching up on the news? If you haven’t noticed, observe your reactions next time you tune in. Make a conscious effort to assess how your body feels. Do you feel tight in your shoulders or upper back? What about a knot or churning in your stomach? Does your mind race as you ask yourself, “How could anybody do that? “or “What is this world coming to?” These (and any other bad-feelings) are normal reactions to disasters and violence. But here’s something you may not know: news organizations are making you feel this way on purpose! When I was in journalism school, we had a saying in the news room: “If it bleeds, it…

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The Vehicle to Happiness

Most of us are looking for ways to be happier, and one of the quickest pathways is through gratitude. Most people think gratitude is being kind and saying thank-you. While that’s a good start, there’s a way to use gratitude for happiness on demand.  One of the easiest ways to ramp-up feelings of gratitude is enjoying something through our senses: taste, touch, sight, sound and smell. Imagine how you would interact with the world if one of your senses was missing. You would have to rely more on your other senses to make up for the one missing. This would alter your perspective, and you would experience your world in a new way. So what does all of this have to do with happiness? When…

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The Universe’s Influence on the Speed of Money

Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution? If you’re like most people, you aim big with them like losing weight, healing a broken relationship or stopping a habit. One year my New Year’s resolution was to work on my relationship money. My goal was two-fold:  Cut down debt, and create more prosperity. I decided to take an unconventional approach because I’d been studying some pretty profound ideas on how money works from a spiritual perspective. Money is a very vast topic, but let’s quickly go over some ideas about how money works. First of all, money wants and likes to be in a happy, healthy relationship with you. Think about the most caring relationship you have with someone. How you think, feel, and treat…

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Should is an Indicator You Need to Rethink Things

In our jet-set lifestyle, it’s tough to get it all done. Most of us run from the minute we get out of bed until it’s time to fall asleep and do it all over. I know those feelings too well. My attempt to do more led me to writing it all down. It was my version of a to-do list. Much to my chagrin, the list just seemed to get longer and longer, and I felt even more overwhelmed.Can you relate?  After wrestling with myself (and my feelings of lack of time), I finally realized it wasn’t so much about “getting it all done” as it was the way it made me feel when I looked at the list. I realized it was the “should…

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It’s a Great Day When Something Needs Replaced

Have you ever had something break down on the worst possible day, at the worst possible time? And to top it all off, these “mishaps” seem to happen all at once or when money is tight. Grr!! A few weeks ago, I was pulling into our family church parking lot to attend the annual family reunion. There were no spots left except one spot with a light pole off to the side. I thought I had more than enough room to squeeze my short-nosed SUV in. I was correct…until…my bumper kissed some metal pieces hiding discretely at the bottom of the pole. There’s nothing like starting off the reunion with a curse word and the desire to bawl and throw up all at the same…

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How Did I Get Mind Cancer? Part I

You have mind cancer. As a matter of fact, we all do. The good news is it’s the figurative kind. If we did have real cancer, our brains would eventually lose the ability to clearly process thought. The cancer cells would essentially distort our neuro pathways, and our thoughts would become unclear. What if this same process happens when we’re fed “abnormal” thoughts?  Abnormal thoughts occur when we take in the ideas and opinions of others and formulate a story about who we are and what we do. Just like a patient with a malignant tumor, our rational ability to take in and process information becomes difficult and distorted. Every experience we’ve had, good or bad, creates the lens we see our environment through. If…

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